Alamosahttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/units/mennonite voluntary service/AlamosaAlamosaColorado<p></p><p><strong>Join a community.</strong> Alamosa’s MVS unit is located in the San Luis Valley, a high-altitude, high-poverty rural area in southern Colorado. Despite economic challenges, we are graced with prime outdoor recreation and thriving local arts, music, and food networks. The population is a blend of traditional Latino and Anglo settlers, plus newer immigrants from Mexico and Guatemala. The MVS house has four bedrooms, with a separate apartment for a couple or an additional individual. It is an easy walk or bike ride to most volunteer placements, with coffee shops, cafés, and state university campus facilities nearby. A unit car is available for other work or household needs. </p><p><strong>Join a congregation.</strong> In 2010, the Anabaptist Fellowship of Alamosa was planted to follow God’s call to peace and justice work in the Rocky Mountain region. Central to this is providing a spiritual home for Alamosa MVS, as well as offering an inclusive and open welcome to all. Former and current volunteers are a vital part of this small fellowship, which meets weekly for informal worship and a shared meal. A Mennonite pastor visits monthly for additional leadership and nurture. The congregation embraces young adults wherever they are on their life and faith journeys, and welcomes the gifts they bring.  </p><p><strong>Join a cause.</strong> The San Luis Valley includes the poorest counties in Colorado, as well as a wide expanse of natural habitats. Alamosa MVS placements revolve around food and housing insecurity, immigrant justice, restorative justice, and an overall goal to sustain healthy rural lifestyles, a strong local foods economy, and the well-being of the natural environment. Volunteer opportunities span a variety of initiatives related to these concerns. Local agencies are small, relying on and giving ample responsibility to their volunteers. "We get learning opportunities that aren't possible in a bigger city or agency. The people who started these small nonprofits are right here and accessible to us," one MVSer said. <br></p>

 

 

Farm Park Education Coordinator and Assistant Farm Managerhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/535076/Farm Park Education Coordinator and Assistant Farm ManagerFarm Park Education Coordinator and Assistant Farm ManagerRio Grande Farm ParkAlamosa, Colorado
Restoration Project Managerhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/521930/Restoration Project ManagerRestoration Project ManagerRio Grande Headwaters Restoration ProjectAlamosa, Colorado
Immigrant Assistanthttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/535223/Immigrant AssistantImmigrant AssistantImmigrant Resource CenterAlamosa, Colorado
Local Foods Project Associatehttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/538517/Local Foods Project AssociateLocal Foods Project AssociateSan Luis Valley Local Foods CoalitionAlamosa, Colorado
Healthy Food Access Coordinatorhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/538513/Healthy Food Access CoordinatorHealthy Food Access CoordinatorLa Puente Home Inc.Alamosa, Colorado
Education and Interpretive Services Associatehttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/538598/Education and Interpretive Services AssociateEducation and Interpretive Services AssociateGreat Sand Dunes National ParkAlamosa, Colorado
Conservation Education Coordinatorhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/537359/Conservation Education CoordinatorConservation Education CoordinatorRio Grande Watershed Conservation and Education InitiativeAlamosa, Colorado
Community Health Nursehttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/527314/Community Health NurseCommunity Health NurseCounty Nursing ServiceAlamosa, Colorado
Adelante Family Case Managerhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/530505/Adelante Family Case ManagerAdelante Family Case ManagerLa Puente Home Inc.Alamosa, Colorado
Victim Advocatehttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/120301/Victim AdvocateVictim AdvocateTu Casa Inc.Alamosa, Colorado
Habitat Projects Assistanthttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/535050/Habitat Projects AssistantHabitat Projects AssistantHabitat for HumanityAlamosa, Colorado
PALS Children's Program Assistanthttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/535051/PALS Children's Program AssistantPALS Children's Program AssistantLa Puente Home Inc.Alamosa, Colorado
Health Associatehttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/535074/Health AssociateHealth AssociateAlamosa County Public Health DepartmentAlamosa, Colorado
Restorative Justice and Mediation Coordinatorhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/120281/Restorative Justice and Mediation CoordinatorRestorative Justice and Mediation CoordinatorCenter for Restorative ProgramsAlamosa, Colorado
Public Radio Staff Assistanthttps://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/120299/Public Radio Staff AssistantPublic Radio Staff AssistantKRZAAlamosa, Colorado

 

 

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